It’s Summer Again

After a long hiatus, I finally feel like writing again. The blog has been offline for the past little while because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to¬†continue writing. I feel rusty and the words don’t flow like they used to, so please forgive me if it’s not up to my usual quality. But I…

The View from the Top

It is the Tuesday after the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in New Zealand – we had beautiful blue skies for the first two days. This was taken from the top of the Sky Tower in Auckland. The Englishman and I had a joy filled day being tourists in our own town when most other people chose…

2014 in Progress

We are nearly a quarter of the way through 2014 and I thought it was a good time to take stock. There has been lots of changes in my life from when I wrote Plans for the Coming Year in November last year. Life has been extremely busy with Jacob’s needs at school, doing lots…

Catching Up

I haven’t written for over two weeks now. Life has been busy leading up the School Holidays which start next Tuesday. Pretty stressful too. Jacob has been having a tough time at school with the absence of his friend who moved to a different school middle of last month. His grief took the form of…

On a Beautiful Day in Auckland…..

I have been lazy with updating my blog this week. Some weeks are like that. Living takes up so much time, that there is no time to stop and reflect…Instead of lots of words, I have decided to let the pictures tell the story….. We ended up deciding not to go to Taste of Auckland….

Time Off

It is Monday morning and I have come home after two nights away…Feel out of sorts. Like something is not quite right with my world. I had a wonderful weekend, although yesterday could have been better. But then again we all have those sorts of days when one comment from another person causes a reaction…

My Island in the Sun…..for a day…….

Thank you to all my friends who sent personal messages after last week’s post. It was a pretty traumatic weekend, but this last weekend has been one of the best I have had for a long time…Maybe it was the feeling that I had been given a second chance to get things right or that…

Who’s Been Reading My Blog…..?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys have prepared an annual report for my blog. In 2012, I had a total of 2,600 views of my blog from 52 countries in the 7 months I had been writing. Most were from USA, but New Zealand and Sri Lanka were not far behind. I am truly humbled by…

Love in the City of Paris

I set out on this journey looking to experience good food, fine art and romantic love which to me embodied the spirit of Paris. And as you have read, every expectation about food was met over and over again. But did I find love you might ask. The answer is yes, but just not where…

Sweet Heaven

If heaven was a place in France, then during our trip we tasted ambrosia. Before we embarked on the journey, my friend expressed a desire to find the best tasting croissant he could. And for that we had to do lots of tasting. But it did not end there; for next we had to find…

Julia Child’s Paris

The dilemma was whether to read the Lonely Planet Paris City Guide or the Frommers Guide to France. I had them both beside my couch for most of the three months leading up to the trip, along with the 24 Great Walks in Paris. The latter I dipped in and out of when the mood…

Indulging in My Love of Food in Paris…….

Life has many surprises in store for us and some of these turn into opportunities, just waiting to be grabbed with both hands. About 5 months ago, a friend told me about the trip he planning to Europe and how from all the reading he¬† had done on Paris, it seemed to need at least…